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Projects in Asia Pacific Region


Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives on Telecommunications (9RAS10035)



In the Asia-Pacific Region, the ITU is presently implementing numerous activities and country specific actions relating to telecommunication/ICT policy and regulatory cooperation, rural communications/infrastructure development, NGN planning, disaster/emergency communications, digital broadcasting and unique telecommunication/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The focus of this project will be to continue these activities while maintaining the collaborative efforts between the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and ITU in assisting members within the Asia-Pacific Region with relevant telecommunications assistance, such as organizing trainings and workshops, and providing country specific actions in response to specific ICT related needs.
To implement activities that would work towards addressing these needs, DBCDE and ITU have signed a MoU in March 2010 wherein a contribution of CHF 591'000 has been made by DBCDE. In addition, Projects 9RAS06021, 9RAS07023, and 9RAS05019 have been successfully implemented and the remaining funds from each project originating from DBCDE (or formerly known as DCITA) will be transferred to this particular project. Details of the activities that will be carried out under this project are described herein.

Asia-Pacific USO Forum (9RAS14048)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand is mandated to implement Universal Service Obligation (USO) for telecommunications/ICTs in Thailand. The NBTC wishes to establish a cooperation mechanism and forum for information exchange. In this regard, the ITU and the NBTC agree to jointly implement this project which will, among others, establish an international platform for cooperation on USO subject matters, organize a regional forum, and build human capacity of the NBTC.


Assistance in Telecommunication Policies and Regulations in the Asia-Pacific Region (9RAS09031)



In the Asia Pacific Region, the ITU is implemented the five regional initiatives developed during WTDC'06 (ASP RI1) Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region, (ASP RI2) Rural Communications - Infrastructure Development, (ASP RI3) NGN Planning, (ASP RI4) Unique Telecommunication/ICT needs of Pacific Islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and (ASP RI5) Strengthening the collaboration between ITU-T and ITU-D.
This project focuses primarly on implementing the Regional Initiatives ASP RI1 and ASP RI4 by organizing trainings, workshops and providing country specific actions in response to specifi ICT related needs. To implement activities that would work towards addressing these needs, the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and the ITU signed an MoU in January 2009 wherein a contribution of CHF 591'000 has been made by DBCDE. In addition, funds from project 7TIM04002 of USD 51'703 and funds from project 9RAS07023 of USD 22'385 were be transferred to this project. This project document details the activities that will be carried out under this project

Assistance in Telecommunication/ICT in ASP Region (9RAS12041)


The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) contributes CHF 591,000 to the ITU Development Sector (ITU D-Sector). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document signed by DBCDE and the ITU governs the funding arrangements and activities to be implemented utilizing these funds. In the Asia-Pacific (ASP) Region, the ITU is implementing various activities under the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. Activities include regional events and country specific actions relating to all aspects of telecommunication/ICT development. This project document aims to support and facilitate those planned activities which meet the criteria set out in this document as well as any new initiative requested by member administrations. Key areas of focus include the five Programmes and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives identified in the HAP. This includes thematic areas such as telecommunications/ICT policy and regulation, human capacity building, cybersecurity, spectrum management, ICT applications, digital inclusion, and emergency communications.

Broadband Policies/Plans & Applications (9RAS13043)


The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has emphasized the role of information and communication infrastructure, including broadband, in accelerating the social and economic progress of countries, and the well-being of all individuals, communities and people. With the growth of broadband and the increasing emphasis of governments on leveraging the broadband infrastructure for socio-economic development, there is a need to build human capacity that would create appropriate enabling environment for broadband proliferation and use. ITU Member States have recognized the importance of promoting broadband uptake and urban and rural areas as well as the need for creating appropriate skills (WTDC-10, Regional Initiatives). Over 130 governments have today adopted or are planning to adopt a national policy, strategy or plan to promote broadband.

Building capacity of harnessing ICTs for disempowered/marginalised communities in Sri Lanka (7GLO07061)


This project, which is a sub-project of the project "MCT project for Special Initiative", is aimed to create a public awareness programme and fundraising activities to help these marginalized communities living / working villages, schools and Vocational Training Centers through equipping the special schools, MCTs and villages with basic sets of ICT equipment and facilities including Braille printers and other specific technologies to enhance accessibility. The ultimate goal of this project is that through harnessing the power of ICTs, people with disabilities should be empowered to live and work with confidence and are ensured for their security and acceptance in the societies.

Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island States (7RAS08025)


The ICB4PAC project, which covers the ACP countries of the Pacific, aims at building human and institutional capacity in the field of ICT through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as developing background material for possible harmonized policies for the ICT market.

CLMV Subregional Workshop on IP/NGN Technologies and Services (9RAS10037)


VIETTEL and ITU would like to establish a partnership to strengthen human capacity for government and industry staff/officials from CLMV countries who are involved in policy, regulations, planning implementation and roll out of IP/NGN services in (CLMV), by organizing a training workshop on IP/NGN Technologies and Services. In this context, VIETTEL with endorsement from the Ministry of Information and Communication, VietNam has requested ITU to co-organize a 4 day- training workshop on "IP/NGN Technologies" from policy, regulatory and business perspectives.
This project was implemented in 2010 within the frameworks of Programme 5 (Human Capacity Building) of the Doha Action Plan and the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on "Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulatory Cooperation" (ASP RI1) and "NGN Planning" (ASP RI3).

Development of a Roadmap for Mobile Television Broadcasting Deployment and Regulation in Thailand (9THA14024)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks for, and ensuring the provision of, digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, held in Hyderabad, India in 2010 (WTDC-2010), is also mandated to assist its Member States and their regulators in the deployment of mobile television broadcasting.

Considering the above and with an aim of the NBTC to roll-out mobile television broadcasting in Thailand, ITU and NBTC are implementing this project on development of a roadmap for mobile television broadcasting deployment and regulation in Thailand.


Feasibility study of restoring connectivity through the use of the Moveable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) (9PHI14003)


Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall devastated the Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The typhoon devastated much of the telecommunications network in the region for a significant amount of time, which slowed down the process of aid recovery and disaster management by local and national authorities.

In this regard, ITU in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan will provide a Movable And Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) in the island of Cebu in the Philippines in order to study feasibility for restoring basic telecommunication infrastructure that was destroyed by typhoon Haiyan.

MIC and DOST agreed to cooperate to conduct the study on the feasibility and deployment of an MDRU solution in Cebu Island and requested ITU to support this activity.

This project therefore is about addressing a need and responding to the Philippine Government’s request for assistance to restore connectivity in one of the worst affected islands by typhoon Haiyan, by using the specific technology employed by MDRU, which is acknowledged by DOST as the preferable technology for responding to the aforementioned need.


Human Capacity Building in Telecom/ICT Statistics and Indicators (9THA14025)


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) publishes an annual publication on “Measuring the Information Society (MIS)” which presents the ICT Development Index (IDI) and ICT Price Basket (IPB) – two benchmarking tools to monitor information society developments worldwide.
The NBTC desires to improve the country’s ranks while effectively measuring the ICT development performance of Thailand. It also wishes to facilitate a common benchmarking in terms of ICT development especially among the ASEAN Member Countries, including monitoring/measuring the progress made in achieving the targets defined in the ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015. Hence, this project aims to strengthen human capacity on telecom/ICT statistics and indicators for Thailand and the ASEAN Member Countries.
The project will also contribute to the work of ITU-D particularly its ICT Data and Statistics Division for enhancing data and information related to ASEAN countries.

ITU NBTC Training Program 2011 (9RAS11039)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, has an ongoing initiative with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT industry stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication and broadcasting regulation and development. Building on the success of the initiative, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to continue the partnership and organize three training programs between March and December 2011, in Thailand. This project also contributes to meet overall objectives of the ITU-D (2011-2014) in general and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives in particular. To implement these activities, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 78'628 will be made by the NBTC to implement this project.

ITU NBTC Training Program 2013 (9THA13019)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, intends to support a capacity building project together with the International Telecommunication Union (hereinafter, the “Project”), to enhance the skills of its staff and the staff of telecommunication/ICT stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication/ICT and broadcasting development. Based on the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Policy and Regulation and among other development programs, initiatives and activities, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to carry out this Project through organizing three training courses between March and December 2013 in Thailand. To implement this Project, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the Office of the NBTC to ITU.


ITU NBTC Training Program 2014 (9RAS14049)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand, intends to support a capacity building project with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication/ICT and broadcasting development. In relation to the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Policy and Regulation inter alia among other development programs, initiatives and activities, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to carry out this Project through organizing workshops/ training programs between April and December 2014 in Thailand. To implement this Project, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the Office of the NBTC to the ITU to implement this Project.


ITU NBTC Training Programme 2012 (9THA12014)


The Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand has an ongoing initiative with the International Telecommunication Union to enhance the skills of its staff and the telecommunication/ICT industry stakeholders in various areas of telecommunication and broadcasting regulation and development. Building on the success of the initiative, the ITU and the Office of NBTC would like to continue the partnership and organize three training programs between March and December, 2012 in Thailand. This project also contributes to meet the overall objectives of the ITU-D (2011-2014) in general and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives in particular. To implement these activities, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the ITU have signed a Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) wherein a contribution of USD 80,300 will be made by the NBTC to implement this project.

ITU NTC Training Program 2010 (9THA10010)


National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand the Telecommunication Regulator has an ongoing endeavor to enhance the skills of its staff and the industry in various areas of telecommunication regulation and development. Based on the success of the training project for NTC that was carried out by the ITU in 2007, 2008 and 2009, ITU and NTC would like to continue the partnership to organize three training programs for its staff and other stakeholders in the areas of Insfrastructure Sharing, International Issues in Interconnection and IP Interconnection aspects. These training programs would be held between March and December, 2010 in Thailand.

ITU TCI Training Program on NGN Migration Planning (9IRA10008)


Telecommunication Company of Iran is presently planning its migration to the Next General Networks (NGN) and would like to enhance the skills of its staff in the area of migration to Next Generation Networks. In this context, TCI has requested ITU to organize a 5 days workshop on "NGN Migration Planning".
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in accordance with the mandate provided by Members during the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2006 carries out capacity building activities through its various Programs and Regional Initiatives. This project would be implemented in 2010 within the framework of the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on "NGN Migration Planning".

Licensee Monitoring and Compliance Framework (9THA10012)


The ITU-NTC joint project of licensee monitoring and complaince aims at assisting the Office of National Telecommunications Commission (ONTC) Thailand in reviewing its existing regulatory framework with prime focus on monitoring, compliance and enforcement of licence in terms and conditions. While examining the existing framework, the project will suggest improvements in practices, recommend and develop necessary tools and reports, build the necessary human capacity and suggest reform of relevant policy and regulations for effective and efficient monitoring and compliance licensees. ITU has a long history in working with its members in the area of regulatory reform. The focus area of enabling environment was reiterated by the Membership during WTDC 2010 both in the global programs and in the Asia-Pacific regional initiatives for the period 2011-2014.
Key beneficiaries are the ONTC as well as industry and consumer of telecommunications services in Thailand. Collective case examples as a result of the implementation of this project, will be shared with National Regulatory Authorities of ITU member countries.

Master Plan for wireless broadband in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS10036)


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely recognized as key drivers of private sector investment, employment and socio-economic development. However, while industrialized countries are rapidly and effectively levaraging the benefits of ICTs, many developing and least developed countries have yet to realise full potential of ICT, resulting in widening the gaps in socio-economic development including delays in availing potential opportunities and prosperity offered by ICT.
Considering the importance of ICT and it potential in narrowing the gaps, the Asia Pacific Regional Inititiative (ASP RIs) established in WTDC-10 defined a clear priority on broadband development, naming "Broadband Access and Uptake in Urban and Rural Areas" as ASP RI4. While large investments are pouring into laying out optical fibre networks for domestic and international connectivity, access remains a key challenge to connect people, particularly those living in difficult terrains or scattered areas. Wireless technologies could be one of the promising options to encourage affordable access especially for the last mile to cover rural and remote areas. Hence, most of the Small Islands Developing States, LDCs, Countries in Special Needs and Developing Countries are considering wireless connectivity for the last mile as one of the primary solutions.
Therefore, in order to facilitate building wireless broadband in developing and least developed countries, ITU in close collaboration with Korean Government, intends to implement a project on master plan for wireless broadband in the Asia-Pacific Region. Under this project the following outputs will be delivered:
-Survey results on the status of the broadband in ASP region;
-Wireless Broadband Master Plans for selected countries in the Asia Pacific Region;
-Enhanced skills through training for making wireless broadband master plan.

NBTC USONET Volunteers (9THA14023)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand is mandated to implement Universal Service Obligation (USO) for telecommunications/ICTs in Thailand. It has set up hundreds of USONETs (rural Internet centres) throughout the country and has a plan to establish thousands more in the next three years. The NBTC wishes to set up a local network of volunteers to be referred to as USONET Volunteers to promote and strengthen the capacity of USONETs. Given that the ITU has initiated an International ICT Volunteers Programme (IIV), the NBTC and ITU will jointly implement this project aimed at establishing the USONET Volunteers with a view towards promoting the USONET programme and the sustainability of USONETs in Thailand. This project, therefore, will train and dispatch local volunteers to USONETs in various locations of Thailand.


Pilot Biddings for USO Projects in Two Provinces of Thailand (9THA12013)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have jointly implemented a project on Universal Service Obligation Policy in Thailand whereby a new (draft) USO policy has been proposed to the Commission. Among other things, the new policy states that Universal Service Providers will be selected through competitive biddings for which a framework will be recommended by the ongoing joint NBTC/ITU project.
In preparation for adoption of the new policy, the NBTC wishes to conduct pilot biddings for USO projects using the recommended framework. In this regard, the NBTC has agreed to initiate and implement this project with the ITU to identify the recommended bidding and evaluation frameworks for selecting Univesal Service Providers to implement USO projects in two provinces of Thailand. The two provinces have been identified as Pitsanulok and Mahasarakham provinces

Roadmap development for digital terrestrial radio broadcasting roll-out in Thailand (9THA13018)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks and ensuring digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in digital terrestrial radio roll-out.
Considering the above and in order for Thailand to roll-out digital terrestrial radio, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on digital terrestrial radio roll-out in Thailand. Under this project, the following outputs will be delivered, among others:
- Revision and finalization of Roadmap for digital terrestrial radio roll-out in Thailand;
- Policy and regulatory frameworks for Digital Radio including spectrum-related and broadcasting service licence-related matters;
- Technical evaluation of a trial/pilot transmission of digital radio project in Thailand;
- Enhanced skills of the Office of NBTC, and other relevant local stakeholders.


Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and Mobile Television in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS12042)


The broadcasting industry is undergoing major transformation in the converged environment. The technologies driving the transmission, production and archiving are in the process of transitioning from analogue to digital creating new opportunities while posing new challenges.
Analogue TV is on the verge of obsolescence in most developed countries. Most developing and least developed countries however are in early stages of this significant technology transition. Many countries require technical support to develop their plans for such transition. The introduction of the digital broadcasting was endorsed by the region as one of the Regional Initiatives for Asia-Pacific by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10, Hyderabad, India, 24 May – 4 June 2010)
The objective of this project is to assist countries in Asia and the Pacific region in smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting with the following:

  • Policy and regulatory framework for digital terrestrial television broadcasting through adaptation of comprehensive guideline developed by BDT for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;
  • Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting for selected countries;
  • Enhanced skills of concerned experts on the digital broadcasting master plan for the transition and technologies including interactive multimedia services, Mobile TV, and IPTV.

Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific (9RAS13044)


The broadcasting industry is undergoing major transformation in the converged environment. The technologies driving the transmission, production and archiving are in the process of transitioning from analogue to digital, creating new opportunities while posing new challenges.

Analogue TV is on the verge of obsolescence in most developped countries. Most developing and least developed countries, however, are in early stages of making the significant technology transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting. Many of these countries require technical support to develop their plans for such transition. The introduction of the digital broadcasting was endorsed by the region as one of the Regional Initiatives for Asia-Pacific by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10, Hyderabad, India, 24 May-4 June 2010).

The objective of this project is to assist selected beneficiary countries located mainly in Asia and the Pacific region in the smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting through the following:

  • Digital Broadcasting Master Plan for transition form analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting;
  • Enhanced skills of concerned experts on the digital broadcasting master plan for the transition and on digital broadcasting technologies, including interactive multimedia services, Mobile TV, and IPTV.

Roadmap for Transition from Analogue to Digital TV Broadcasting in Thailand (9THA12017)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandates to put in place policy and regulatory frameworks and ensuring digital broadcasting services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in smooth transition from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.
Considering the above and in order for Thailand to smoothly migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting in Thailand. Under this project, the following results are expected, among others:
- Revision and finalization of roadmap on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting;
- Policy and regulatory frameworks for DTTB including spectrum-related and broadcasting service licence-related matters;
- Technical evaluation of a trial/pilot transmission of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting project in Thailand;
- Enhanced skills of the Office of NBTC, and other relevant local stakeholders.


Rural ICT Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing (9RAS09030)


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have agreed to collaborate to assist the Asia and Pacific Region in the design , planning, implementation and monitoring of strategies and programmes for rural ICT infrastructure development and universal service in consideration of their level of development of ICT. This collaboration is built on ADB's Rural e-Development Initiative and ITU's support the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Rural Communications-Infrastructure Development, which was adopted at the ITU-organized World Telecommunication Development Conference in Doha in 2006. The Project is divided into two phases namely: Phase 1 for development on case studies and policy toolkits for rural ICT development; and Phase 2 for improvement of policy environment for rural ICT development in Cambodia and Mongolia through policy analysis and recommendations, and country training programs and regional conferences.

Rural/Outer Island Communications in the Pacific (2RAS08027)



This project aims to provide access to telecommunication/ICT services to four Pacific Island Countries (Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Tonga and Nauru) through development of their rural/remote network infrastructure and establishment of Multipurpose Telecommunity Centres (MTCs) in remote areas and/or outer islands of these four countries.
These MTCs will provide suitable ICT services and applications to local communities and will also integrate emergency telecommunication facilities especially for early warnings and important announcements. A human capacity building programme will be specifically designed for particular communities or circumstances in order to ensure operations and maintenance of the centres in a sustainable manner. In particular, focus will be made on training-the-trainers programme.

Seminar on Universal Service Obligation in Thailand (9THA10011)


ITU and The Office of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand would like to establish a partnership to strengthen human capacity building and to provide a forum for policy makers, regulators, experts and interested people to discuss various issues related to telecommunications and ICTs. To this effect this project aims to enhance the skills of TRIDI, NTC and other participants in the areas of Universal Service Obligation, ICT accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and Broadband policy through organization of a three-day seminar in Bankok.

Study and Human Capacity Building on Satellite Service Regulatory Framework in Thailand (9THA13020)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandate to put in place regulatory frameworks for telecommunications services which include satellite services in Thailand. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), pursuant to the outcomes of WTDC-2010, is also mandated to assist member countries and regulators in spectrum management and radio monitoring as well as ensuring quality of services including satellite communications.

Considering the above and in order for Thailand to put in place an enabling environment for fair competition and effective use of spectrum resource particularly for satellite systems and communications, ITU and NBTC are implementing a project on study and human capacity building on satellite service regulatory framework in Thailand. The project aims at:

  • Conducting a study on satellite systems and communications focusing on regulation for satellite services in Thailand taking into account international experiences and practices
  • Human capacity building on related subject matters for the Office of NBTC and for public and private sectors in Thailand

Study of Telecommunications Price Regulation in Thailand (9THA12016)


Realizing the converged environment and rapid changes in the telecommunication sector, the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand and the International Telecommunication Union are entering into an agreement to implement a joint project aimed to study and recommend a new price regulatory framework for the telecommunications sector in Thailand. The project will focus on mobile non-voice services (sms, mms, and broadband data), and fixed broadband service. The study aims to recommend specific rates of the aforementioned services which will be used as references for a new recommended price regulation in Thailand’s telecommunication sector. Alternative price regulation methodologies and approaches will also be studied with an aim to recommend an appropriate price regulation of telecommunications services in Thailand which will benefit consumers and the industry and provide an enabling environment for competition.


Study on Spectrum Licensing of the 1800MHz band and related spectrum under the concession (9THA13021)


This project aims at assisting the NBTC in its preparation for the spectrum auction of the 1800 MHz and/or the 900 Mhz bands. The NBTC needs to plan to effectively allocate, assign and ensure the efficient use of the radio spectrum for these two bands and other spectrum under the concession. In this regard, this project will provide study reports on spectrum valuation and licensing for the 1800Mhz band and related spectrum under the concession, as well as strengthen the capacities of the Office of the NBTC.


Support for the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (9RAS13045)


The Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy of the Commonwealth of Australia (DBCDE) has contributed CHF 591,000 to the Development Sector (ITU-D) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document, both signed by DBCDE and the ITU, governs the funding arrangements and activities to be implemented utilizing these funds. In the Asia-Pacific (ASP) Region, the ITU is implementing various activities under the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. Activities include regional events and country specific actions relating to all aspects of telecommunication/ICT development. This project document aims to support and facilitate those planned activities which meet the criteria set out in this document as well as any new initiatives requested by ITU Member State administrations. Key areas of focus include the five Programmes and the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives identified in the HAP: Unique ICT Needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs); Emergency Telecommunications; Digital Broadcasting; Broadband Access and Uptake in Urban and Rural Areas; and Telecommunications/ICT Policy and Regulation in the Asia-Pacific Region.


Supporting implementation of the ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (9RAS14051)


In the Asia-Pacific (ASP) Region, the ITU is implementing various activities under the Hyderabad Action Plan (HAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010. During 2015-2018, the ITU will implement the Dubai Action Plan (DuAP) adopted at the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2014. Activities include regional events and specific direct-country actions relating to implementation of ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (2015-2018) and that will contribute to the achievement of the objectives and expected outcomes of the Dubai Action Plan. This project document aims to support and facilitate those planned activities which meet the criteria set out in this document as well as assist towards implementation of ASP Regional Initiatives identified in the Dubai Action Plan DuAP: Special consideration for Least Developed Countries, including Pacific Island Countries, and Landlocked Developing Countries; Emergency Telecommunications; Harnessing the Benefits of new Technologies; Development of Broadband Access and Adoption of Broadband; Policy and Regulation. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and this project document, both signed by COMMS and the ITU, governs the funding arrangements and activities to be implemented utilizing the cash contribution of this project.

Technical Assistance on Telecommunication/ICT Policy and Regulation in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (9MYA13002)


The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is currently undertaking a number of telecommunications sector initiatives and reforms to accelerate the development of the country’s telecommunication/ICT industry. One of the Government’s main goals is to introduce competition in the telecommunications sector in order to facilitate the rapid roll out of the necessary infrastructure in the country, thus contributing to its inclusive growth and poverty reduction.

Supporting Myanmar’s telecommunications sector reforms and initiatives, ITU, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Myanmar are pursuing a partnership to undertake the activities identified in this Project Document. To implement the activities, ITU, MIC Japan and MCIT Myanmar have signed a Cooperation Agreement, of which this Project Document forms an integral part, wherein a contribution will be made by ITU, MIC Japan and MCIT Myanmar to implement this project.


Telecentre Applications and Services (9RAS11040)


Over a thousand telecentres were established in Thailand nationwide and 400 more are being established by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) under the Universal Service Obligation framework and its Universal Service Fund. In view of sustainability, these telecentres need close monitoring and evaluation in regular intervals. More importantly, stimulating user demand is equally important to provision of supply. To promote the ICT uptake or the demand, variety and diversity of ICT services and applications must be available. In this regard, this project aims to develop various telecentre front-end applications and e-services for telecentres in key areas such as education, agriculture, and community e-commerce. Besides, the project will also develop Telecentre Network Management System (TNMS) and applications as for managing and monitoring telecentres to be deployed. ITU and NBTC have agreed to jointly implement the project in cooperation with the Ministry of ICT, Thailand and in open partnerships with local and international partners.

Universal Service Obligation in Thailand (9RAS09029)


The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has approved the Master Plan for Telecommunications Services, N° 2 (2008-2010). One of key issues of Telecommunications Services Development identified in the Master Plan is "Universal Service Supply for Basic Telecommunications Services and Social Service". This project was initiated with an aim to achieve specific targets of the Master Plan relating to the universal service for basic telecommunications services and social service of Year 2008. It also aims to implement activities and to meet objectives set out in the Plan in the next three years.
The Regional Initiative aims to assist and guide ITU Member States in enabling policy and regulatory environment including different schemes e.g. competition, subsidization, universal service obligation, etc. for rural ICT development especially to ensure universal access and service in rural areas.

USO Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in Thailand (9THA12015)


The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand has its mandate to implement Universal Service Obligation projects and to monitor and evaluate outcomes and impacts of these projects. The Office of NBTC and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have jointly implemented a project and developed USO policy for Thailand. In this connection, the two organisations agreed to implement this Project which aims at development of USO project monitoring and evaluation framework.

In addition to the framework, the Project will also create necessary tools e.g. questionnaires, survey forms, templates, and etc., as well as to test out the framework and tools through field works and in relation to other projects to be implemented by the Office of NBTC. The Project is a synergy of the two organisations in which outcomes will not only benefit Thailand but also other countries and it is also part of ITU's efforts to achieve a regional initiative of the Asia-Pacific region.